Yoga crna, I appreciate your view point but that is very typical of Out patient surgery. I have worked both and I do prefer a general OR. From the circulator viewpoint, the main negative to a regular OR is the call. On the other hand, in outpatient setting, the circulator work is much harder. Circulatating is the same, just many more surgeries, much more paperwork in a lesser amount of time. It would be better to be a scrub in the outpatient setting. This of course has been my own experience. Not to mention the pay is pretty poor in Outpatient settings.
There is not a question that scrubbing and circulating would be easier to sell but scrubbing is definitely not as interesting to me. I would feel once you see a surgery then I would be ready to do something else. With circulating, there is always a challenge. I seldom sit on the job...I do like to keep my OR room cleaned up, have my paperwork complete as much as possible, while keeping an ear to the field. Always thinking about the next one coming into my room...I like to be as prepared as much as possible. Just differences of opinion.